High Performance, Economical & Sustainable Biocomposite Building Materials

Institut fuer Verbundwerkstoffe GmBH

The Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (IVW) is a non-profit research institute, exploring and advancing applications and potential applications of composite materials, based on polymer matrix systems. The institute carries out research on composite materials within the full range of their applications. The research projects of IVW are partly supported by public funding agencies, often on an interdisciplinary basis in combination with
national as well as international partners from other universities and industrial companies. Alternatively, the works are directly financed through the cooperation with an industrial partner. Basic idea regarding the projects at IVW is the consideration of the value-added chain “from the scientific basics to the component part” while integrating the core competencies of the departments “Design and Analysis”, “Materials Science” and “Manufacturing”. IVW has a long experience in research projects funded by the European Commission. Since the 4th Framework Program IVW has been partner in more than 40 research projects.

IVW has been involved in different European and National programmes such as:

  • H2SusBuild: Development of a clean and energy self-sustained building in the vision of integrating H2 economy with Renewable Energy Sources
  • Natural fibre reinforced polymers with improved water resistance
  • NATEX: Natural Aligned Fibres and Textiles for Use in Structural Composite Applications
  • LowPolymerNFRP: Components based on renewable materials having a maximum of 10% synthetic material content

Within the BioBuild project, IVW will be concentrating on the development of suitable processing techniques for the manufacture of bio-derived composite structures, especially continuous profiles.



This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 285689.